| June 24, 2019

NC leaders criticize PM for working 'unilaterally'

KATHMANDU, June 9: Leaders of main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has expressed serious objection to the government's working style in "unilateral fashion".

A group of top leaders led by NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba reached the prime minister's official residence at Baluwatar and accused the head of the government that he had squarely failed in carrying out urgent works such as reconstruction and rehabilitation in the worst-hit areas by earthquakes last year.
The NC leaders also criticized Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for further complicating the issue of appointing justices at the Supreme Court and ambassadors for 22 countries by making recommendations for the post while not conducting parliamentary hearings for them.

Parliament hasn't conducted hearings of the candidates of judges and ambassadors even weeks after the recommendations as the ruling and major opposition parties have been disputing over the provisions of hearings.

The ruling parties are for forming a 15-member parliamentary hearings committee while the NC has been insisting that the existing 75-member House committee should be allowed to conduct the hearings.

"We reiterated that the same 75-member hearings committee should be given continuity and activated but the prime minister insisted on his previous stance," NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi said while emerging from the meeting.

The NC leaders also expressed their objection to the government for carrying out the task of formulating new laws in accordance with the new constitution without consulting major opposition and other political parties.

"This is not like making laws during normal times. So opposition parties should be consulted right since the drafting of bills," said Nidhi. "The prime minister has given positive response on this matter. We will wait if he really consults us in practice."

CPN-UML Secretary Pradeep Gyawali, who was present during the discussions, said that the discussions between the two sides were quite fruitful.

"The prime minister has taken the opposition leaders' proposal to make the law-making process more participatory very positively," said Gyawali. "Likewise, the prime minister has also assured the NC leaders to address their genuine concerns on reconstruction works."

According to him, the two sides haven't agreed on the dispute about parliamentary hearings committee. "But perhaps the prime minister and NC president (Deuba) will sit together and reach a common ground soon," he said.